Welcome to the "Tool Time"
Mathematics Internet Scavenger Hunt! To complete the hunt you
must find the answers to the following questions. The website on
which you can find each answer (or the one you can link from to
find an answer) is provided in parenthesis after the corresponding
question. Example: (reference
site) The scavenger hunt has been
updated to allow students to enter their instructor's email
The goal of this exercise is to
familarize educators with many mathematical internet resources.
Therefore, if you get "off-track" reading math materials when you
are completing the scavenger hunt, that is great! Our
purpose is not to merely answer these questions: it is gain
knowledge and skills accessing internet mathematics resources
which can make a difference in the classroom.
Read a question and then link to the
following "reference website" to find the answer. When you find
the answer, write it down on a piece of paper. After you find all
the answers, type them into the appropriate blanks below. When you
have entered all the answers, select the "Submit Scavenger
Hunt Questions for Evaluation" button at the bottom of the page.
If you leave one or more fields blank, your Scavenger Hunt form
will not be accepted for evaluation.
Reference sites will open in another
browser window, making it easier to return to this webpage (your
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1. What were the names of the two ancient
cultures that are believed to have first known about the existence
of pi? and
2. What University have Jen Peck, Karen Rosser,
and Carol Pifer worked for to develop webpages about the
connections between mathematics and art, calculating grades,
cooking, shopping, and travel:
3. By the end of what year had Sir Isaac Newton
"worked out the corpuscular or emission theory" of how the effects
of light are really produced? By the end of
4. What is the 14th way to reduce gender
inequities in mathematics suggested by the American Association of
University Women? (next to the last.)
5. What is a hamiltonian path in a graph?
6. What are at least three of the "key
ingredients" for a successful family math program?
7. What are two of the objectives of
"Observation, sorting, predicting, using valentine candy?"
What grades is this
lesson appropriate for?
8. What are two advantages student Ruthy
Googins describes about using the internet in the
9. What is a dodecagon? (Hint: Look under
Archimedes' calculation of pi)
10. How does Gene Klotz believe the world-wide
web has (and is continuing to) change the world of mathematics?
(look under section 2, Conclusions.)
11. What is the current value of $100 (US) in
12. What are the third basic NCTM goal for all
students? (Hint: Look under the "teachers" link.)
Lessons referenced in questions 13-16 were
located from the Univ
of Illinois Math Database.
13. What was the overall mean for the
participants in this probability project?
What question were
they trying to answer?
14. Who first studied prime numbers (look under
the 4th link for history info)?
15. What kind of plug-in is required to play
the games at this website (take some time to play a few of them)?
16. What software program was used to create
the fractal images in these galleries?
17. What concepts are the "Connections to the
Curriculum" for "Stock Market Math?"
18. In what year was Pluto discovered? (Try the
link to "Appendix 1a: Solar System Data" at the bottom)
19. Using the literal Greek wording, a
"polygon" is , and a
"polyhedron" is .(reference
20. What tool did Florence Nightingale use tool
for improving city and military hospitals conditions?
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